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Virginia lawmaker says bill could have prevented girlfriend's death

In a file photo, former TV news anchor Chris Hurst is shown with his girlfriend Alison Parker who was killed on live television by a former WDBJ co-worker. (MGN)

A Virginia lawmaker whose journalist girlfriend was fatally shot by a former co-worker during a live broadcast in 2015 is pushing for a new law he says could have prevented her death.

The Roanoke Times reports that Del. Chris Hurst has introduced legislation that prevents a job candidate from suing employers for sharing information about past violent or threatening behavior. Companies would also be immune from lawsuits for considering any violent episodes when hiring.


Hurst is a former Virginia news anchor who was living with Alison Parker when she and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by former co-worker Vester Flanagan while reporting for Roanoke's WDBJ-TV in August 2015.

Hurst said the station had been unaware of Flanagan's troubled history before hiring him.

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